Mark Cavendish talking about opera, Filippo Pozzato sliding his Ferrari around the bends of the Poggio, a priest discussing doping and a two-time winner of Milan-Sanremo from the 1950s riding an indoor exercise bike. All this and more in the documentary film by Wilfried de Jong.
The “Milaan-Sanremo” documentary by de Jong was shown on Dutch TV this week and the channel has generously let the video be shared. If you enjoyed the recent piece on here “The Longest Race in the World” then I suspect you find this exponentially superior. The landscapes are there, there’s a feature on the broken glasshouses of the Poggio and more.
Ja, it’s a Dutch TV programme but don’t be scared. Mark Cavendish is interviewed in English and talks about opera and olive trees and, via his several contributions during the program, explains in video some of the tactics I try to cover in the race previews.
There’s a meeting with the 1952 and 1953 winner Loretto Petrucci, these days he moves around in mobility scooter but pedals on an indoor bike. You get to meet the priest of the chapel on the Cipressa. Much is in Italian but the images don’t need words, none more so when you see Filippo Pozzato slide his Ferrari 458 around the bends of the Poggio. The same when de Jong shows the Cipressa descent and marks out which lamppost or olive tree was involved a crash from the past, it’s in Dutch but viewers can work out what it’s all about. Towards the end there’s Valentina Recanati, a cyclist and podium “miss.”
I’d originally put this on Tumblr but it’s too good to leave there. Perhaps the only problem is the video streaming itself, the streaming gets a bit clunky and I kept getting video laden “video loading” messages. But it’s free.